Ashley’s Backstage Heat, Angle/Benoit To Japan?, More

Ryan Clark

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that there is some heat on Ashley Massaro right now from WWE management. They feel that she has become hard to deal with since her Playboy spread came out, which is why they had Melina win at WrestleMania. The word is that AshleyĆ¢<80><99>s push is done since the magazine promotion is over. There have been reports of Melina having a bad backstage attitude as well, but not to the extent of AshleyĆ¢<80><99>s. Mickie James is likely to get a big push out of the whole thing.

Indy wrestler Steven Ranton who has wrestled for the IWF and other independent promotions passed away at the age of 22 this past weekend. It is reported that Ranton died by committing suicide by setting himself on fire.

New Japan’s IWGP heavyweight champion Yuji Nagata has said he’d like to defend the title against Kurt Angle and WWE United States Champion Chris Benoit. is reporting that it was rumored last month that Angle may be headed to Japan for some dates.

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